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Pacific Northwest After-School & Professional Development Programs

Volunteer Opportunity!

Are you looking for an opportunity to encourage girls' interest in computer science, engineering and tinkering/making on a regular basis?   Learn more about volunteering with Techbridge.

Background on Pacific Northwest Techbridge Girls

In 2014, with funding from the National Science Foundation and Chevron, Techbridge Girls launched the Pacific Northwest office. With one of the highest proportions of STEM-related jobs and broad base of STEM support, Washington State was an ideal location for Techbridge to pilot its scale-up approach. The Puget Sound region, in particular, is a hub for many STEM fields, from aerospace to global health to virtual reality technology. By working with a range of corporations, community-based organizations, school districts, and government agencies, Pacific Northwest Techbridge Girls aims to build an ecosystem of support around every Techbridge girl.

Pacific Northwest Partner Schools & Sites

Pacific Northwest Techbridge is proud to partner with Highline Public Schools, a district well known for its strategic, thoughtful approach to education.

    School / Site  

Grades Served

    Bow Lake Elementary School   5 - 6
    Beverly Park Elementary School   5 - 6
    Hazel Valley Elementary School   4 - 6
    Highlands Elementary School   4 - 5
    Hilltop Elementary School   5 - 6
    Madrona Elementary School   5 - 6 
    McMicken Heights Elementary School   5 - 6
    Mt. View Elementary School   5 - 6
    North Hill Elementary School   5 - 6
    Sartori Elementary School   5 - 6
    Southern Heights Elementary School   5 - 6
    Cascade Middle School   7 - 8
    Chinook Middle School   7 - 8
    Creston Point   6 - 8
    McKnight Middle School   6 - 8
    Tyee High School   9 - 12

 

Field Trips

During the year, we schedule at least two field trips for each of our school sites. These trips, which introduce girls to science, technology and engineering careers, are usually four hours in length and engage male and female Role Models from the host organization who orient the girls to their workplace and participate in a hands-on activity to reflect the work conducted there. A $5000 donation is requested of corporations, to cover the cost of transportation, food, training, and personnel time. Field Trip partners include: 

Bassetti Logo
Comotion Logo  DigiPen Logo
Geocaching Logo  Google Logo Moz Logo
Museum of Flight Logo
Nvidia Logo
Redfin Logo RTC Logo
Seattle Aquarium Logo
Tableau Logo Tata Consultancy Services Logo

 

GET INVOLVED: Learn how your company can host a Techbridge field trip or have employees volunteer as role models

 

Role Model Visits

Role Models are women who work in STEM careers and represent the experiences and/or backgrounds of the girls we serve. We recruit Role Models through our field trip partners, STEM networks, and personal networks. These women provide information about their backgrounds to the girls, and lead a hands-on activity that represents their field of expertise. Before meeting the girls, Role Models attend a specialized training to help them deliver a high quality experience. We schedule at least two Role Model visits each academic year, at each of our school sites. We are currently recruiting women in all types of STEM careers to serve as role models, and we are especially looking for women from underrepresented ethnic groups to reflect the diversity of the girls we serve.

Advisory Council Members

The Pacific Northwest Advisory Council serves as an engine for building local community support for Techbridge Girls’ programs and a private cabinet advising on Techbridge’s strategy and service to the Pacific Northwest region. Read more about them here.

Links to Local Resources

Washington STEM
• BCG Report: Opportunity for All: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education Pipeline
Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project
Million Women Mentors